After executing the plan, critical thinkers reflect on the situation to figure out if it was effective and if it could have been done better.
As you can see, critical thinking is a transferable skill that can be leveraged in several facets of your life. We spoke with several experts to learn why critical thinking skills in nursing are so crucial to the field, the patients and the success of a nurse.
It’s a tone that is simultaneously intellectual, collaborative, and defiant.
It says, “I’ve come to understand this complex thing worthy of study—which probably represents a more significant achievement than anything I’ve ever produced in my life—and then bring judgment upon it.
But there is another important skill that successful nurses share and it’s often over-looked: the ability to think critically.
Identifying a problem, determining the best solution and choosing the most effective method are all parts of the critical thinking process.
You hear people use them all the time, but no one seems to understand exactly what they mean.
This kind of etymological opacity lends itself to them being misused, fumbled awkwardly, and abused.
Over the long term, such abuse empties it of meaning until we all either throw it around casually in the middle of an overly complex sentence to bolster our own credibility, or avoid the term altogether.
Critical thinking is among the first causes for change (personal and social), but is a pariah in schools –for no other reason than it conditions the mind to suspect the form and function of everything it sees, including your classroom and everything being taught in it.